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Bullet Journal: An Extension of Your Thoughts

Hi all! A couple of issues ago, I wrote about setting a reminder with one simple question: "Are you i
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Bullet Journal: An Extension of Your Thoughts
By Martin Verbic • Issue #10 • View online
Hi all!
A couple of issues ago, I wrote about setting a reminder with one simple question: “Are you inventing things to do to avoid the important?”. In that same issue, I also wrote about the time when you’re doing the important, but your mind is all over the place. If there only were a way to capture all of it for a later time…
Yep, that’s what the Bullet Journal has done for me and one of the reasons I use it. It’s a medium in which I can write what I think and have to do without distracting myself in any way.
So, what’s a Bullet Journal?
It’s a notebook that strives to replace your phone’s to-do list and notes and keep everything in one place chronologically.
Why use a Bullet Journal?
A couple of things:
  1. It serves as an inbox for my brain. There’s too much going on every day to keep track of everything in our memory. So I empty it to make room for thinking about more important things.
  2. It distances me from my phone or computer. We use apps for everything these days. This journal goes a step backward but takes you a couple of steps forward.
  3. It improves focus. This is the consequence of points 1 and 2.
  4. It’s the only organised way of capturing what I did, will do and think about I came across.
How does it work?
See the video at the bottom of this email. No one can say it better than the Bullet Journal’s creator.
My observations
Although I’ve only been using the Bullet Journal for about 2 weeks, I’m starting to see some of the things it does. Firstly, using apps sometimes proved to be a bit exhausting, because I could never do exactly what I had in mind with them. And I always had to keep my phone around. There are of course apps like Notion that have little boundaries, but this is way better. And secondly, actually handwriting things down makes it much easier to express what I’m thinking and want to do. You could even draw if you’re into that.
What’s my stance on apps?
Lately, I’ve been trying to steer away from apps. Maybe I sound contradictory and strange. Of course, I can’t make it without them, no one really can. I could never run this blog and newsletter without it. As I described in my last week’s article I use Kindle, Pocket, Notion and Readwise for reading. And I use Outlook for email, calendar and that reminder I wrote about in one of the previous issues. Those are essential to me and what handwriting cannot replace or makes it a lot harder. But an inbox for my brain as an extension of my thinking without distraction (Bullet Journal)? You bet!
Try bullet journaling and enjoy!

How to get started with the Bullet Journal
How to Bullet Journal
How to Bullet Journal
What I enjoyed this week
Podcast: Neil deGrasse Tyson on The Tim Ferris Show - one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to in a long time. They discuss science, school and what’s more important: grades or experience. This is the part I especially liked and found myself agreeing with what Neil was saying. So if you don’t have the time just skip to 1:28:10 and listen to his perspective.
Article: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced on Monday. It was awarded to three scientists researching how cells respond to different amounts of oxygen. This is important to understand what happens at high altitudes or with how cancer cells get oxygen. It’s dubbed as “textbook knowledge”, which means it will quickly start appearing in the newest textbooks. If you’re interested in the purely scientific background, read it here.
Book: This Is Going To Hur by Adam Kay - just after publishing my latest article on reading, 2 subscribers (and friends) recommended me this book by Adam Kay. It’s an incredibly insightful, sometimes terrifying perspective of a junior doctor. But it’s also fun and very enjoyable to read.
Did you enjoy this issue?
Martin Verbic

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